Welcome Aboard The
Aviation Boatswain's Mates Association!

Established in 1974 as the professional working organization of the Navy's finest Sailors, Aviation Boatswain's Mates, in order to collectively identify, and develop corrective action to the problems that plague our Sailors, our Equipment, and Naval Aviation Safety.

Since our founding we have been extraordinarily successful in providing numerous improvements in the areas of aircraft launch and recovery, refueling, aircraft handling, and more effective fire fighting procedures.

The Aviation Boatswain's Mates Association continues to have an annual Professional Working Group where old friendships can be renewed, and new friendships formed, but most importantly a place where AB's can gather and have their voices head as they join an excellent forum for problem resolution. The Professional Working Groups "workshops" are professionally oriented and are attended by shipboard fleet and shore based personnel along with system command level technical specialist, in-service engineering agents, and manpower management directors.

Workshop results are then forwarded to the office of the Chief of Naval Operations for review and future correction. No other group enjoys this "avenue to the top brass" as does the AB community.

A message from our National President

AB Warriors,

Please consider nominating and or serving in these prestigious positions that allow for our organization to continue to grow. As my time as President comes to an end, the opportunity to serve as your ABMA President has been very rewarding and enlightening. We need participation from you the AB’s in order to keep our mission going. If you have questions about the positions or who to nominate, please feel free to reach out to the Staff and we will gladly answer any and all of your questions. Looking forward to seeing several nominations in each category.


ABMA President

CDR Keith W. King

CNATTU Whidbey Island

Executive Officer

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aunch/Recovery (ABE)

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Fuels (ABF)

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Handler (ABH)

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